Frank Melvin Dieringer, age 95, died on Friday, February 5, 2016 with his family by his side. Born in Canton, OH, he was the son of the late Robert List and Marion Belle Dieringer. Frank graduated from McKinley High School in Canton, OH, where he was a member of the National Honor Society. In 1945 he married the love of his life, (Mary) Ruth Dieringer. Together they built their first home themselves in Canton, OH. They were fortunate to be married for 61 wonderful years.
He started his career as a research technician at Timken Roller Bering Company, then Ford Motor Company. He continued to improve his education through many technical courses and advanced to a quality assurance supervisor position and achieved a coveted Registered Professional Engineer designation. In 1963 he was hired by the U.S. Government, where he worked initially for NASA, then the Atomic Energy Commission, and finally, the Department of Energy. In 1977 he received a Citation from the Energy Research and Development Administration for “substantial and invaluable contributions of the Nation’s program of scientific outer planetary studies”. Because of his involvement with the thermoelectric generator system of the “Voyager,” a space craft that was sent to explore Pluto, his name is engraved inside. His job promotions carried him from Ohio to Frederick, MD and he ended his career in Palm Harbor, FL. Frank’s other activities while he was working included membership in the Lions Club, president of local Toastmasters Club, advisor of Junior Achievement, Society of Nondestructive Testing and president of the local chapter of American Society of Metals.
Following retirement, Frank and Ruthie moved to Greenwood, SC and finally, Camden, SC. He enjoyed golfing, bowling, lawn and gardening work and travel. Frank continued to do woodworking over the years and made many lovely items. He was always active in the church and was a Sunday school superintendent and Elder. He was a member of Bethesda Presbyterian Church in Camden, SC.
They moved to the Presbyterian Community in 2005. Shortly after they moved, Ruthie passed on. Although he was now alone for the next 11 years, he quickly became friends with everyone and he enjoyed “fine food and beautiful surroundings, a very cordial staff and fellow residents”. He especially enjoyed going out to eat, where he enjoyed having a drink and a toast with his resident friends. In Frank’s own words, his home experience far exceeded his expectations, and to show his appreciation, he donated 3 stained glass windows to the new chapel and contributed toward new library furniture. Frank will be remembered by all for his wonderful attitude, his daily jokes and decorations that he posted on his door, and his bolo ties! He will be truly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. Frank was a kind and generous person to all and treated everyone with dignity and respect.
Frank was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He is survived by his daughters, Barbara Ruth Graham (Jerry) of Mantua, OH and Dr. Cindy Dieringer of Camden, SC; grandchildren, Kelly Engelhart (Chuck), Heather Ratliff (Jim) and Patrick Graham (Jennifer); and great-grandchildren, Morgan and Collin Engelhart, Sam and Molly Ratliff and Kyle and Ben Graham.
He was predeceased in death by his wife, Ruthie and his brother, Carl Dieringer.
Services to celebrate Frank’s life will be held in Camden at 3:00 PM, Saturday, February 13, 2016, at Bethesda Presbyterian Church, 502 DeKalb Street, officiated by Rev. John Hallman. The family will also hold a memorial celebration at Presbyterian Community, 700 DaVega Drive, Lexington, at 11:00 AM, Saturday, February 13, 2016. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Mr. Dieringer’s memory to Bethesda Presbyterian Church, 502 DeKalb Street, Camden, SC 29020; Presbyterian Communities of SC, 700 DeVega Drive, Lexington, SC 29073; Lighthouse Hospice, 110 Oak Park Drive, Unit C, Irmo, SC 29060; or any charity of choice.
Frank’s family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the staff of Presbyterian Community for their friendship, care and compassion throughout his 11 years at the Community, and to Lighthouse Hospice for their care, compassion and comfort measures during his final months.
Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements.
Online condolences may be sent to the Deiringer family by visiting kornegayfuneral.com.